OU receives major gift.
Byline: Journal Record Staff
NORMAN University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren announced a leadership gift to the university from Sharen Jester Turney and her husband, Charles A. Turney, in support of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. In appreciation of this gift, the OU Board of Regents approved Boren's recommendation to name the Collings Hall courtyard in honor of Sharen Jester Turney as a tribute to her success as a businesswoman and her commitment to empowering others through extensive philanthropic efforts. Through their generous gift, the Turneys are making a difference in the lives of countless young people who will be educated by the teachers trained at OU, Boren wrote in a prepared statement. The leadership gift further contributes to the Sharen Jester Turney Education Endowed Scholarship, established to support students pursuing a career in education by providing resources necessary to achieve their goals and complete their degree through access to need-based scholarship support. The gift also supports the Debt-Free Teachers Program, providing graduates of the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education who remain in the state of Oklahoma with student loan forgiveness each year they teach in-state, up to four years. Turney spent 16 years with Victoria's Secret. She first joined the company as president and CEO of Victoria's Secret Direct. Turney spent years as president and CEO of Victoria's Secret. Turney graduated from OU with her bachelor's degree in business education. In 2015, Turney was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Currently, Turney serves as chairman of the board of directors for the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital; is a member of the board of directors for M/I Homes Inc.; and serves on the Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative advisory board at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
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